1-11 AUGUST 2024 View all 2023 events

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Presented by BLEACH*, Everybody NOW! and HOTA, Home of the Arts

Presented by BLEACH*, Everybody NOW! and HOTA, Home of the Arts

Fierce, tender and explosive, Roller Coaster is a new music theatre production with humour, heart, and a propulsive live soundtrack.

Based on real stories, this action-packed skating spectacle celebrates hope and how the rough and tumble ride of life on wheels can save you, just when you need it the most. Created by participatory joy generators Everybody NOW!, this moving performance will have you cheering from the edge of your seat as dozens of local roller skaters, an epic live band and an all-star cast converge on stage.





Everybody NOW!

Everybody NOW! create participatory performance experiences that generate joy.

Based on the Gold Coast as a resident company at HOTA Home of the Arts, we proudly work across Australia to create high-quality, contemporary, community-engaged arts projects, that are made with and for community, alongside outstanding professional artists.

Since founding in 2015 we’ve reached over 48,000 people aged between 3 - 100 years young, in 200 communities nationally.

We work in small regional towns and in big cities; on major festival stages and in remote country halls; on basketball courts, in schools, aged care facilities, in people's homes around their kitchen table; and with thousands of people dancing in the streets.

Our work extends across art-forms; from slam poetry for seniors, intergenerational radio stations, roller skating rock shows, artists-in-residencies, digital programs, large-scale social dance works, to the occasional hosting of a banging party, industry and community workshops and talks.

At the heart of all our work is Real People, Real Stories, Everybody NOW!

  • Wheelchair access
  • Auslan-interpreted performance offered
  • Accessible toilet
  • Performances may contain lighting effects, strobe and haze
  • Performance may contain loud sounds/music

Auslan interpreted performance

Saturday 5 August, 7.30pm

Limited allocation, ensure to book via emailing [email protected]

Pre-show notes can also be made available 1 week prior to the show by emailing [email protected]

Accessible Seating

The primary seating for this event is ‘grandstand-style’ which may not be suitable for audience members with mobility challenges or who require a chair with a back in order to attend the performance. An allocation of more accessible seats will be provided for patrons requiring them. These seats will be closer to the stage and so may also be suitable for audience members who are blind or have low vision.

Show Description

The event is a music theatre work and includes some dialogue and music as well as sections with movement and skating. D/deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event without further translation.
The work will contains sections of loud rock music and theatrical lighting effects.

If you or someone you know would like to attend the show but is experiencing financial hardship, please email [email protected] to arrange a ticket discount code supported by our accessible ticketing program. Limited number of tickets available.

Click here for more information.

Photo CreditClaudio Kirac, Art-Work Agency
AcknowledgementRoller Coaster is a project by Everybody NOW! supported by BLEACH* Festival, HOTA Home of the Arts, the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative, Arts Queensland, Community Bank Tugun, Chuffed Skates and City of Gold Coast, Healthy and Active Program.
Everybody NOW! by is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, the City of Gold Coast and are proudly a Home Company at HOTA Home of the Arts.
Executive DirectorKate Baggerson
DirectorIan Pidd
Movement DirectorBec Reid
ProducerPru Wilson
Musical Director / Composer / MusicianLuke McDonald
Sound DesignerGuy Webster
PerformersClaire Atkins as SamNico Lennon as TullyTnee Dyer as RockyStarring our amazing community cast of roller skaters
Lead Vocalist / MusicianElla Fence
Lead Musician / DrummerDee Bradbery
Originating ConceptNadia Sunde and Monie Bones
Ticket prices
  • General Admission$35
  • Concession$25
  • Child$25
  • A booking fee will be applied at checkout.

HOTA Outdoor Stage

HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall RdSurfers Paradise QLD 4217

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Thursday 03 Aug7:30 PM
Friday 04 Aug7:30 PM
Saturday 05 Aug7:30 PM
All times are QLD AEST
Important Info
  • Food & beverage available on site
  • Transport options available
  • Licensed venue
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Parking
  • General Admission
  • Bring your dancing shoes
  • Ticketed
  • Music
  • Theatre

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the Yugambeh Language Region and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People of the Gold Coast. We recognise their continuing connection and contributions to country and culture. We pay respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.